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A Spotlight on Six Urban Makers

Urban Makers shine a spotlight on six of the talented traders you'll find at their usual weekly Wednesday or last Saturday of the month market days at Old Spitalfields Market, returning in December.

Our long term market collaborators Urban Makers curate a weekly Wednesday and monthly last Saturday of the month market with us packed full of the most talented city based design makers. With a focus on those who keep things sustainable, eco friendly and as plastic free as possible.

Every Saturday you can also join one of their makers in the market for workshops, which we look forward to hosting again very soon!

We currently have two tutorials available on our IGTV channel:

 Sooth-Me, Lockdown self care skincare workshop.

Little Dot Loves, Rainbow Hanger Workshops – a great one to make with the kids.


Hello Shan Studio by Shirley Payton

Homewares inspired by South Africa

Shirley grew up in South Africa and had a childhood filled with adventures. Holidays were spent exploring the Kruger National Park or the sand dunes of Namibia or the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho. Throughout her adventures she came across a lot of beautiful wildlife, which is where her deep appreciation for nature and animals came about. Coupled with her love for art and illustration, Shirley’s products are animal and nature inspired.

Oh Hello Shan is a plastic free small business, doing their bit to help the planet.

Buy Hello Shan here


MW Makes  By Michelle Wong

Handcrafted leather goods

Influenced by a background in architecture, each item is carefully designed by Michelle with an emphasis on simple geometries, clean lines and functionality. All products are made from vegetable tanned leather and are handmade from start to finish, using traditional saddlery techniques, such as saddle stitching and hand burnishing.

Buy MW Makes here


Sooth-Me by Suzie Hacker 

Sustainable and organic plant based skin care. Health food for the skin.

Created as a natural alternative to mass-produced skincare, Soothe-me is hand-made in small batches in East London by Suzie and her fantastic assistant Ellie. The packaging has been consciously and carefully selected to be kind to the planet. It is recycle-able, recycled and as plastic free as possible and refills are offered to local customers.

Susie runs skincare and wellbeing workshops helping people to uncover the happiest of skin.

Buy Sooth-Me products here 

Tune in at 11am on the 9th May for a special lockdown IGTV Live skincare workshop.

Rumble Cards by Jess Howell

Quirky, East London designed greetings cards

Jess’s cards are a fast paced reflection on popular culture, keeps an eye on popular media trends for eye catching designs that get people talking. She never compromises on the quality of her designs, which allows her to turn a splash trend into a staple seller.

Buy Rumble Cards here 

Mystic Form by Akiko Ban & Taiyo Nagano

An experimental Jewellery brand inspired by ‘mystic forms’ found while travelling in Egypt, Mexico and Thailand.

This artist and graphic designer duo create jewellery pieces which cross boundaries between art and fashion and have collaborated on collections with the Tate Modern and British Museum.

Buy Mystic Forms here 

Tomartacus – Tom and Jess Jones-Berney

City Artworks and Prints

A brother and sister duo, based in East London. Jess takes photographs of the pair’s favourite spots and Tom then illustrates them as hand drawn digital prints. From the iconic Bethnal Green Gasworks, long synonymous with the East London skyline, to the unshakeable maritime majesty of Greenwich, Tomartacus captures the unique and varied landscape of our city through a distinctly local lens.

Buy Tomartacus prints here